A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things
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THOMAS JEFFERSON: "Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others."
MIKE MYERS (portraying Ditier on the recurring Saturday Night Live skit Sprockets):
"Your story has become tiresome, and this is the time that we dance."
PETER SENGE:"Trusting people to be creative and constructive when given more freedom does not imply an overly optimistic belief in the perfectibility of human nature. It is, rather, belief that the inevitable errors and sins of the human condition are far better overcome by individuals working together in an environment of trust and freedom and mutual respect than by individuals working under a multitude of rules, regulations, and restraints imposed upon them by another group of imperfect individuals."
AYN RAND (her ultimate method to handle mystics, welfare statists, and frauds): "We have no demands to present to you, no bargains
to strike, no compromise to reach. You have nothing to offer us. We do not need you." - the heroic John Galt in ATLAS SHRUGGED
RUSH LIMBAUGH:   "See, I told you so."
I Don't Despair About Kids Today

 Sometimes when I'm flying from one speaking engagement to another, I find myself
sitting next to someone who's quite talkative. This is often a pleasant experience for me
  because I'm an inveterate people-watcher. I've heard stories of sadness, delight,
fear and joy, and some that would rival those of Oprah and Geraldo. Sad to say,
there are times when I'm sitting next tosomeone who just wants to vent his spleen on a
captive audience for 600 miles. It was one of those days. I settled in, resignedly,
as my seatmate began his disquisition on theterrible state of the world with, "You know,
kids today are..." He went on and on, sharing vague notions of the terrible state
of teens and young adults, based on watching the six o'clock news rather selectively.
  I gratefully disembarked the plane and bought a local paper on the way to the hotel.
There, on an inside page, was an article that I believe ought to have been the front-page
  headline news. In a little Indiana town, there was a 15-year -old boy with a brain tumor.
He was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. As a result of those
treatments,he had lost all of his hair. I remember how I would have felt about that at his
age. I would have been mortified! This young man's classmates spontaneously came to
the rescue: all the boys in his grade asked their mothers if they could shave their heads
so that Brian wouldn't be the only bald boy in the high school. There, on that page, was
a photograph of a mother shaving off all of her son's hair, with the family looking on
approvingly. No, I don't despair about kids today.

                By Hanoch McCarty, Ed.D.
          from Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul
  Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Patty

LESLIE SETZER (my beautiful wife and comrade in self-improvement):
"People who mind other people's business do not have good enough business of their own to mind."
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.   - Oscar Wilde
"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."  - Booker T. Washington.
A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. --Anonymous
A man can not be comfortable without his own approval.  --Mark Twain
A new attitude invariably creates a new result.  --Unknown
A positive attitude is a person's passport to a better tomorrow.  --Anonymous
SCOTT ADAMS (and his ever-useful DOGBERT DISMISSAL):
DOGBERT: "From now on, I will not try to reason with the idiots I encounter. I will dismiss them by waving my paw and saying, 'Bah.'"
DILBERT: "Just because someone thinks differently from you doesn't mean he's an idiot, Dogbert."
DOGBERT: (waving paw) "Bah."
A positive attitude is not a destination. It is a way of life.  --Unknown
Our attitude determines Our altitude
Tough times don't last, tough people do.
Dream big, But dream always
Cherish your loved ones.
Every morning is a new day of opportunity.
Laughter can see us through the rough spots of life.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering 
can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. -Helen Adams Keller
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. --Thomas Paine

 No one can take away your self esteem unless you give it to them.
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  I never get angry or disagreeable with anothers point of view as it certainly
would be a dull world if we all thought alike.
 I would never try to measure anothers suffering.  I am sure mine is no
 harder for me that yours is for you. None of us is given more than we can handle.
 Deep within us all lies the strength to overcome our obstacles. We all must work on the
 obstacles put in our lives and overcome them. The best why for me to overcome is
 sharing and love.
 And the hardest lesson I ever had to learn was to "play the hand I was delt."
Olivija said that
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 Whatever you practice, you will become skilled at doing. Winning athletes
practice day after day, month after month, to hone their skills. So do the
best musicians, actors, salespeople, airline pilots, preachers, photographers,
designers -- the list goes on and on.
What do you practice every day? Do you practice positive, success-oriented
skills and actions? Or do you practice such skills as making excuses, getting
angry, complaining, assigning blame, and procrastinating.
Remember, the more you practice, the more skilled you become. Every moment,
you increase your experience in some area. The more you practice anything, the
more it becomes a part of you. So be aware of what you practice each day, each
moment. Make sure that what you practice, is what you want to become.
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You've just achieved a spectacular success. Now go beyond it. You've just had
an overwhelming obstacle thrown in your path. Now go beyond it.
Whether your past has been filled with triumph or disappointment, the thing to
do now is to go beyond it. Failure cannot hold you back unless you let it. And
if you allow good fortune to hold you back, it's not really a lasting success.
If you're not moving forward, where are you going? Whatever has happened is
already past. Now is your chance to go beyond it.
No matter what has gone before, go beyond it. Each day, each moment, is a
fresh new opportunity. Go beyond, and unlimited possibilities await you.



The can-do attitude does not think if,
it thinks, how?
The can-do attitude does not think maybe,
it thinks, when?
The can-do attitude thinks of possibilities,
then decides to make them realities.
The can-do attitude does not think it can,
it knows it can,
with the correct support and effort.
The can-do attitude knows it takes work
to see dreams come true - and 
it works smarter not harder to achieve them.
The can-do attitude believes in itself.
It believes in other people.
It believes in the Organization. 
It believes in the future and wants to be a major part of it.
The can-do attitude know when to work and when to rest,
when to ask for help and when to go it alone.
The can-do attitude sees constant change 
as constant opportunity.
The can-do attitude cares about itself and 
looks out for the welfare of others.
The can-do attitude is a winner.
It knows that a champion attains greatness
by overcoming its own weaknesses 
and by helping others to grow to their full potential.
The can-do attitude stands tall on its own accomplishments, 
not by stepping on others.
The can-do attitude only knows one way to act and live: 
with courage, confidence, conviction, and integrity.


     I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight.
     I have responsibilities to fulfill today.  I am important.
     My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
     Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is
     getting watered for free.
     Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me
     me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
     Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
     Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can
     feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
     Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
     Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.
     Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.
     I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
     Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the
     Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.
     Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped.  And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.
     What today will be like is up to me.  I get to choose what kind of day I will have! ~~Author unknown~~


     Like the little old lady who returned
     ~ your wallet yesterday.

     Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes
     ~ light up the world, when you smile.

     Like the small child who showed you
     ~ the wonder in simple things.

     Like the poor man who offered to
     ~ share his lunch with you.

     Like the rich man who showed you that it
     ~ really is all possible, if only you believe.

     Like the stranger who just happened to come along,
     ~ when you had lost your way.

     Like the friend who touched your heart,
     ~ when you didn't think you had one to touch.

     Angels come in all sizes and shapes,
     ~ all ages and skin types.

     Some with freckles, some with dimples,
     ~ some with wrinkles, some without.

     They come disguised as friends, enemies,
     ~ teachers, students, lovers and fools.

     They don't take life too seriously,
     ~ they travel light.

     They leave no forwarding address,
     ~ they ask nothing in return.

     They wear sneakers with gossamer wings,
     ~ they get a deal on fluff cleaning.

     They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, But
     ~ they are everywhere you look, when you choose to see.

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Key factors in a positive attitude are:

1.  Develop awareness and sense of self
2.  Donít give up but do learn to let go.
3.  Make the most of the situation.
4.  Engage in positive self talk
5.  Visualize success.
6.  Attack problems head-on.
7.  Look for the bright side.
8.  Maintain a sense of humor.
 9.  Make work fun.
10.  Accentuate the positive.
11. Keep your life in balance.
12. Use things-Not People


 In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian
 Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical
 principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at
 prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large
 orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and
 left in the care of a government-run program were in the orphanage.
 They relate the following story in their own words:

   It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear,
 for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them
 about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the
 inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born and
 placed in a manger.

 Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in  amazement
 as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp
 every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small
 pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small
 paper square, cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored
 paper was available in the city.

 Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid
 strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a
 worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left
 Russia, were used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from
 tan felt we had brought from the United States.

 The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to
 see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table
 where little Misha sat. He looked to be about 6 years old and had
 finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was
 startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called
 for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the
 manger. Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed
 manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously.

 For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he
 related the happenings accurately--until he came to the part where  Mary
 put the baby Jesus in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made
 up his own ending to the story as he said, "And when Maria laid the baby
 in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay.
 I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place
 to stay. Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I
 couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else
 did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I
 had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him
 warm, that would be a good gift.

 So I asked Jesus, "If I keep you warm, will that be a good enough

 And Jesus told me, "If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift
 anybody ever gave me."

 "So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and he told me I
 could stay with him---for always."

 As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that
 splashed down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his
 head dropped to the table and his shoulders shook as he sobbed and

 The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse
 him, someone who would stay with him-FOR ALWAYS.

 I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have
 in your life that counts.

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Adapted from a newsletter from the Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland, California

1. The essence of our being is love.
2,  Health is inner peace.
3. Giving and receiving are the same.
4. We let go of the past and of the future.
5. Now is the only time there is and each instant is for giving.
6. We can learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.
7. We can become love finders rather then fault finders.
 8. We can choose and direct ourselves rather to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.
9. We are students and teachers to each other.
10. We can focus on the whole of life rather than the fragments.
11. Since love is eternal, death need not be viewed as fearful
12. We can always perceive that we are responsible for our thoughts and whatever feelings we experience.


Life's Railroad

Life is like a journey riding down a railroad track,
We engineer our travels with life's load upon our back.
We have a destination for delivery of this load,
But on the track ahead of us there's something in our road.
We suddenly are fearful and decide to build a switch,
We go around the problem thinking we may hit the ditch.
As we continue on through life, again we meet debris,
We fail to face the problems which could surely set us free.
It's just too hard to clear the track and we pass right on by,
We're fearful we will meet defeat so we don't even try.
It's easier to build a switch which soon becomes a spur,
We end up torn and broken when those obstacles occur.
We have become professionals at hiding from our trial,
 It's hindered our proficiency and wasted many miles.
Each day the trip seems harder and we wish we could retreat,
Each time we meet a switch we've built; we're filled with self defeat.
We know if life's to mean a thing no matter what the cost,
We must speed up to make up for all the time we've lost.
Then one day as we travel it is hard to concentrate,
We fail to see a spur we've built until it is too late.
We've traveled at such high speed that we're out of control,
We jump the track and hit the ditch and then we bounce and roll.
The wreckage is an awful sight and life seems such a mess,
We've built so many spurs in life we've failed to see distress.
We now must make decisions; can we face another day?
Do we mount that track again or sit and rust away?
As we pick up the pieces which have caused us to derail,
We need to meet the problems and repair our cause to fail.
We must go back and clear the track of things we were afraid,
We need to tear out all the spurs and own mistakes we've made.
And as we face the problems; we'll find cause to feel relieved,
There never was a problem; it was just what we perceived.
We may end up disgusted for the bitterness we've tasted,
And may find ourselves angry at the many hours we've wasted.
'Cause when we clean debris away and rid the trash and rubble,
We learn the problems which we owned were someone else's troubles.
We're ready now to make life's change; get on the track and go,
Without the switches and debris we are so free to grow.
There's so much now to see and do; and friends we have not met,
We have a new found energy for goals we need to set.
 Inside we'll find new love for life and growing self esteem,
 When we let God run our railroad He'll lead us to our dreams.       By Jim Schutte

The feelings, motivations and perspectives people have in the relationships and circumstances of their life.  Everything originates in your mind. How you feel, what you do and how you connect with others is determined by your thinking. When your unconscious mind fails to fully support your conscious desires, sheer willpower often does not seem to be enough to overcome unhealthy habits and behaviors. You need a way to program your unconscious to better serve you.  The world is full of opportunities waiting to be seized. And, as you're aware, new ones turn up everyday. But the key to making the most of those opportunities is action. What if some
of the pioneers had failed to act on their ideas? This country wouldn't be what it is today. Dream your dreams, but motivate yourself to
put your plans into motion. Have the courage to act on your ideas, for in doing so, you will be on your way to achieving your goals in life.

 Challenge yourself to take action, right now! You've most certainly read about how others did it, and now it's your turn. Decide this very day to be the best you can be. Get up right now, get a pencil and paper, set down your goals, and create a personal plan of action to get what you want out of life. Don't settle for less - give it all you've got.

 Life is not only a challenge and an opportunity, but life is also pain, tears, and failure. Yet in order to get what you want from life, you must overcome these things and go for your goals with all the enthusiasm you can muster. Sure, there are risks involved when you say 
yes to life and decide to reach for goals you may have never dreamed you could achieve. Sure, there are disappointments and setbacks along the way. But your life is a journey only you can take if you want to become the best person you can be.

 You are a rare and special human being; since the beginning of time, billions of people have walked the earth, but there never has been and there never will be another you. And because you are unique, only you can develop your special talents. You will need help, but only you can take the action to carry out the plan specifically designed for you. So thank GOD for life and ask for help in using your abilities
to become the person you're truly capable of becoming.

 Remember, you are a special person. Give life your very best and be proud to be you!A

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